It’s Group Auto & UAN trade show time of year again!
You can see last year’s show report HERE, and see a selection of pictures from this year’s show below. As ever, the exhibition is a heady mix of joinery, print, assembly, graphics application and painting and decorating. AD Bell, in conjunction with select local partners are responsible for the planning and execution from start to finish. Does your current signage supplier have those kind of skills in hand?
It’s Great Yorkshire Show season here at AD Bell, and every year we produce lots of signage and graphic work for the hosts AND exhibitors at the Great Yorkshire Showground. Among others this year we’ve done some fab looking graphics for Mason’s Gin. Here you can see the prominent window graphics over the Hall 1 entrance, and also two of the large illuminated sliders inside the foyer.
As ever, strong branding and design go together with top quality print and installation to produce a striking and attractive outcome.
As you can see, the Ford Ranger 3.2 is a pretty imposing vehicle from the get-go! When you’ve got something that looks as impressive as this, simple, tasteful graphics can offer a real contrast and look excellent. Less really can be more!
The brief from Robinson’s Lighting and Electrical was simple – name and logo either side. The trick part here is the use of MATT black vinyl to contrast against the gloss black paint of the vehicle. it’s one of those things that you can’t really understand until you see it, as you can here! With the high gloss of the paint acting like a mirror, the matt decals don’t reflect anything at all, so are readable regardless of the lighting conditions – even a sunny day like today! The bright green is the finishing touch – perfect!
We were recently approached by Pateley Bridge based business, Heathfield Caravan Park, to design and install graphics to their new Ford Transit Custom.
The graphics were to feature their logotype in gold metallic vinyl, and then a selection of photos in large circles with “gold” style coloured borders. It’s a relatively simple design but works well due to the dark colour of the vehicle and the high contrast gold and white text.
Even though it’s not strictly speaking a “wrap”, the circles were applied over creases in the panels, so a high quality digital wrapping vinyl was used to avoid any adhesion problems in the future. As you can see, the results speak for themselves – a real “stand out” design!
After our successful tractor wraps for HACS Construction and M. Metcalfe & Sons, we were approached by long time clients of ours, Ripon Farm Services, to wrap a John Deere 6250R to commemorate the 100 years of John Deere celebrations at Newby Hall Tractor Fest in Ripon, North Yorkshire.
As you’ll probably know if you’re reading this, John Deere tractors are green, and RFS wanted a green wrap, but with a twist. After a few tests we chose 3M 1080 Series “Gloss Green Envy” wrapping vinyl, which is a metallic, high gloss green. Unfortunately, it’s really hard to capture the metallic effect with a camera, but if you ever see the tractor out and about, you’ll see just how stunning it really is.
First up as usual is the disassembling of the tractor panels that are to be wrapped. This is a large and usually unseen part of any vehicle wrap. It’s common to see footage of wrappers applying the vinyl, but you never see the careful hours that it takes to remove panels, lights and trim before the wrapping can begin.
Once the wrap was done, we also made some custom gold and black decals to replace the standard yellow and black John Deere stripes and “6250R” text, as well as a “100 years of John Deere” decal, in gold vinyl with a sparkly laminate to match the metallic effect of the green 3M vinyl. It’s subtle, but when the light catches it, it looks amazing.
Many sign companies can make signs, but it’s when projects get big that the men are separated from the boys. Group Auto are an international motor factors and one of our biggest clients, and each year they hold a trade show in Manchester. Needless to say, AD Bell step up from the more typical vehicle graphics and site signage jobs to create and build the massive exhibition stand for the event.
The Group Auto & UAN Trade Show is a ‘must attend’ event for all motor factor businesses within their group. Over 150 suppliers exhibit under one roof, and showcase exclusive on-the-day offers and the very latest products and technology. It is a great opportunity for the members to meet face to face with key people within the businesses and enjoy a perfect mix of work and leisure.
The exhibition stand is a heady mix of joinery, print, assembly, graphics application and painting and decorating. AD Bell, in conjunction with select local partners are responsible for the planning and execution from start to finish. Does your current signage supplier have those kind of skills in hand? And hey – look what turned up too! Apparently, it was VERY loud… Excellent!
Aaaaaand the Swamp Thing in action… 🙂
Here’s a fantastic selection of photos from the initial build right through to completion. As you can see, this is a very in-depth operation that takes a sign and graphics company with a lot of experience and capability. Definitely NOT for the faint hearted.
Wide view of the “street style” layout, also showing ther awesome hanging circular banner
The opening day and the stand is looking great and working well
Spot the race car!
More construction while trying to keep things tidy!
Brick effect vinyls looking good!
Building walls and applying vinyls can be a messy business…
Putting wall section in place and fixing securely
Spot the pavement – printed and fitted by us on specialist vinyl with an anti-slip laminate
Central wall section being assembled and finished
Another shot of the large entrance tunnel with all graphics finished
Getting closer to completion…
Great shot of the stand
The street, looking great in action!
The back wall – the foundation of the exhibit
The graphics starting to be applied onto the back wall
All finished, just a last minute vac required…
Back wall graphics and hanging circular banner
Wall sections being lifted into position
Illuminated wall section
Mixture of gloss and matt graphics to create a subtle visual impact
Nice shot showing some of the other stands on display
Acrylic exhibition desk awaiting graphics
More wall building
The large entrance tunnel almost complete
Final sweep up to everything’s looking clean and tidy!
The fascia panels being made and put into position
Large flight cases, just like Led Zep!
Back wall built and all graphics applied
The Game Zone! Spot the Super Mario style boost pads!
In early 2016, Ad Bell were contracted via Absolute Commercial Interiors to produce and fit graphics and signage for Young’s Seafood international headquarters in Grimsby, Lincolnshire. The first, and most unusual part of this job was the 12 metre corridor that needed full wall graphics of a sea scene. It looked especially good as the ceiling was curved into the wall to produce a more seamless top-to-bottom image, with the lighting being recessed into the ceiling plaster.
Now and again a signage job comes along that’s a little bit out of the ordinary, and the recent work we’ve done for Gymophobics / Bodyteam in Harrogate is certainly no exception.
Previously an unused small building at the back of the Gymophobics premises, it was renovated inside and set up ready to be used by Bodyteam, a complimentary health and beauty company. Inside was all set up with fixtures and fittings and had in fact already started taking on clients, but the exterior was still needing work.
The unit is essentially a large double garage with wooden garage doors that had already been blocked up from the inside. The door was functional, but was due to be replaced with a new, more attractive unit.
So what to do with the wooden garage doors? To keep costs down, bricking them up was discarded as an option, and instead a clever disguise was required. The lower part of the doors was to have a printed panel added, to give the impression of brickwork, and this part was fitted first…
So, as you can see, only the lower part of the doors was given the brick effect. The top part was to feature something completely different entirely… A wooden frame was added to the black doors to give us something to build onto.
So the big reveal! What could we possibly print and apply to the frontage of the building? Well, a photo of the inside of course! Ad Bell visited the site and took a series of interior shots design to replicate the view that you would see through a window. After much deliberation, a winner was picked as you can see.
Once installed, a UPVC style trim was added to the panel to further reinforce the impression of a window unit. A slim fascia panel above the window, and complimentary frosted door graphics finish the job off nicely.
When you want to change the base colour of a car, van or in this case tractor, you have two options. You can respray the vehicle, or you can wrap it. Here we look at a green John Deere tractor bought by HACS Plant Hire, who wanted the colour changing from green to orange as per their company colours. Wrapping such a complex series of panels, louvres and shapes is difficult as you can imagine, but using the best signmaking materials (in this case Avery Supreme Wrapping Film) and skilled staff, excellent results can be achieved. Don’t forget to check out our vehicle wrapping page!
They say a picture paints a thousand words, so here they are!
Once everything is wrapped, further application of heat is required to provide the final stage of adhesion for the wrapping film. It has low initial tack to allow it to be re positioned (and to work around complex shapes) but this means that the final heating stage is very important, as without it the vinyl does not stick properly.